It's been only 8 months since I saw Kobra and her Lotuses but they were back again for another rocking performance at the Boston Music Room in Tufnell Park. Going to indoor metal shows in a middle of a heatwave is a perhaps something only a diehard metal head would do and indeed the attendance for the Kobra show wasn't huge and would have been around 150 at best. Not that it seemed to bother the band and Kobra herself as they seemed to attack the songs with great gusto and played them even sped up as it were to increase the energy levels all round. I was standing right in front at stage right, oddly enough I had a very similar position as I recall at the barfly the last time they came. More of Kobra later but first we had two support bands to get through.
Dethonator is I guess a local London band although I don't think I've heard of them. They played a traditional kind of heavy metal with clean melodic vocals from the guitarist. Quite good but not amazing although I've heard far far worse opening bands in London recently so I guess I should check out their music online 'cos they weren't bad at all.
Next up were more Londoners and Boston regulars Neuronspoiler. It seems these guys open for most bands that pass through this way. These guys are super talented instrumentalist especially the fiery little guitar wiz who plays shapes galore as he taps his frets like there's no tomorrow. Very damn nice cover of Holy Diver as well so bonus points for that guys.
Finally at 9.30 the Lotus boys took to the stage minus Kobra herself as they played the opening to High Priestess before the young metal priestess helself strode on confidently to begin singing the title track to their latest and best CD. The band was on fire and playing the songs super fast and invigorating although the sound mix was a little loud on music and it was hard to hear Kobra's superb vocals in amongst all the music. He live vocals are a little more shrill and higher pitched than her studio efforts. I guess she has to put more into it live to complete with the boys in her band. The set was energy packed and soon enough they had played most of the new album and of course regulars from the previous album too. After a rapid fire 60 minute set of sweat and plenty of energy it was time to venture out into the warm night air having been fully Kobrafied and Lotusized! Looking forward to their next album hopefully in 2016. Love ya Kobra!